The Mystery Blogger Award – so pleased!

Hi makeup addicts!

I hope you’re all well and enjoying Summer! I have been super busy as usual but have finally found time to write this post which is long overdue! Some weeks ago I was nominated for the Mystery Blogger Award and I have been meaning to write a post about it but have had very little time to get to it – until now!

These are the rules:

  1. Put the award logo/image on your blog post.
  2. List the rules.
  3. Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  4. Mention the creator of the award and provide a link.
  5. Tell readers 3 things about yourself.
  6. Answer the questions the blogger gave to you.
  7. Nominate 10-20 people.
  8. Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog.
  9. Ask nominees 5 questions of your choice (One weird/funny question).
  10. Share link to your best posts.

Who Nominated Me:

I was nominated for this award by Beauty Blurbs & Babbles whose blog is lovely and a definite must read! Thank you so much for the nomination! I’ve only been blogging since the start of 2017 and I have already received 3 awards, this being my 4th! It is great to know that fellow bloggers and followers enjoy my work enough to nominate me, it makes the effort worthwhile!

What is the Mystery Blogger Award?

The Mystery Blogger Award was created by Okoto Enigma. In her own words, it is an award “for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging; and they do it with so much love and passion”. Check out her original post about this award here.

So, in keeping with the rules, here are 3 things about myself:

  1. I am actually a solicitor by day – beauty blogging and makeup artistry are my creative outlets and hopefully my combined future career!
  2. As well as being obsessed with the beauty industry, I am addicted to cats and food! I would happily run a cat sanctuary and would love to eat in every Michelin Star restaurant in the world.
  3. I am a big optimist but with a healthy dose of realism on the side!

Questions by Beauty Blurbs & Babbles:

  1. What made you start blogging?
  2. What is your favourite beauty product and why?
  3. If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go?
  4. What was your favourite childhood cartoon growing up?
  5. If you were given one minute to make a positive impression what would you do?

These are my answers:

  1. Starting a beauty blog had been on my bucket list for ages and I finally put pen to paper (or PC!) this year. I am obsessed with makeup, skin care and beauty generally and love sharing my knowledge and advising other people.
  2. This is a hard question because it changes! Currently I am loving false eyelashes! I have mastered how to apply them and there are so many styles that the possibilities for creating different eye looks is endless!
  3. Hawaii! I have wanted to go there for ages and I am hoping it will be one of my next holidays.
  4. Another tough question! I loved Bugs Bunny, Tom and Jerry and the Pink Panther but I also loved the X-Men!
  5. Smile, be bubbly and friendly

My nominees are:

  1. LifewithMrsT
  2. EmilyClareBeauty
  3. HeySharonoox
  4. KeeleyBella
  5. DailyCovets
  6. SimplyStella
  7. Kbriannabeauty
  8. Beautydouble
  9. MakeupandBeyond
  10. PrimeandPaint
  11. KezziesCorner
  12. KimandMakeup

All these blog sites are fun, interesting and well designed! I love reading their posts – I wish I had more time to read and comment on them!

My questions are:

  1. What do you love most about blogging?
  2. What is your biggest pet peeve?
  3. If you could change something about your past what would it be?
  4. If you could buy any beauty product what would you buy?
  5. Who is your favourite makeup artist or vlogger and why?

My Best Posts:

The Stylpro Brush Cleaner

My Liz Earle Favourites

5 Things I love about Makeup Geek

I have also written posts on other blog sites which I am proud of – if you fancy reading them they can be found at GreenideReallyRee and Millennials365.

Thank you again for the nomination Beauty Blurbs & Babbles! I always enjoy responding to nominations and being given the chance to show love for other bloggers I follow! I hope you have enjoyed reading this post and will keep following my journey as a beauty blogger – watch out for my next post coming soon and upcoming posts on Greenide and ReallyRee! Be sure to subscribe, follow and comment below, I’d love to know what your answers to my questions would be too!

Dips xxx

Arbonne Skincare – My Mini Review

Hi there, beauty fans!

I hope you are all well, this post has been a little delayed as I have been really busy with other projects – check out my last post here to find out what I have been up to in the last few weeks!

So, in this post I want to promote the brand Arbonne! On my journey through the blogger world I met a lovely lady called Danielle Clark who is an Arbonne Consultant and she very kindly offered me the skincare samples below to test. I came across Arbonne a few years ago too and at that time I tested a makeup primer, which was gorgeous, a body oil which I still use now and facial exfoliating pads which had a great effect on my skin! When Danielle offered me the chance to test the skincare range I was really keen to, so I could see if the brand was as good as I remembered!

Arbonne Samples

All these samples are from the RE9 range which is their leading anti-ageing range.

The collection contains:

  • A facial cleanser
  • A regenerating toner
  • An intensive serum
  • A corrective eye cream
  • A restorative day cream
  • An extra moisture restorative day cream
  • A night repair cream

Given the sizes of the samples I used everything up within a few days, however this was enough time to gain a flavour for the quality and effect on my skin! My initial thoughts for each product are:

  • The Cleanser

I used this every morning for a few days. The cleanser is a gel like consistency and felt lovely on the skin, leaving it feeling soft and clean afterwards with no tightness.

  • The Toner

As with most toners this was a clear liquid which I used after the cleanser on a cotton pad. I did not need a lot to sweep over my entire face and my skin remained soft and hydrated afterwards which was great as many toners can be too astringent and leave the skin too dry and tight.

  • The Serum

I love using serums on my skin and definitely think they are important as you age to keep the skin supple and nourished. This serum was lovely and light but left my skin feeling hydrated and smooth. I also didn’t need too much to cover my face fully.

  • The Eye Cream

The eye cream was one of favourite products from the samples! It was rich and thick and soaked into the delicate eye skin really well. My eye area felt deeply moisturised afterwards and I could see the area brighten after use! A definite must try!

  • The Everyday Day Cream

This cream was quite thick but absorbed into the skin well and there was no leftover residue or film after use, which for me is important as my skin type is oily combination. My skin felt plump and soft afterwards and looked fresh and smooth and whilst I did not have enough product to fully test if it had longer term anti – ageing effects I would be very surprised if it didn’t!

  • The Extra Moisture Day Cream

I used this only on days where the weather was colder as I think this cream would be best used in the colder months. It was very thick and rich and very moisturising! As with the everyday cream, it did not leave my skin feeling greasy but I could tell I had used a richer cream from the way my skin felt. I would certainly consider using this in the Winter when my skin can be very dry and rough.

  • The Night Cream

Looking after my skin at night is very important to me and is also a lovely night-time treat! I have used lots of night time skin care products and I really liked this cream – it was quite buttery to the touch but absorbed well and my skin felt great the following morning too!

All in all, I was very impressed with the Arbonne RE9 range. Everything was good quality, had a pleasant fragrance and did not make my skin react or breakout in any way. With continued use I can believe the products would have a positive effect on the skin and keep it healthy, smooth and soft. I cannot comment on whether it would also tackle any fine lines and wrinkles simply because I would need to trial everything for much longer but based on my experience I don’t see why it would not improve them in the long-term. I would definitely think about buying the full size products once I have run out of my existing skincare products! If you would like to know more about Arbonne you can check out Danielle’s link here.

I hope you enjoyed reading this review and will consider trying Arbonne in the future! As always, would love to read your comments and do share and follow my blog if you don’t already!

See you again soon,

Dips xxx

N.B This blog is not sponsered or endorsed by Arbonne and is purely based on my personal opinion.